A quick rundown of individual numbers from the Panthers' previous two trips to Verizon Center this season, purely for fun ('cuz, like, knowledge is power).
Much has changed with this club since December 3rd, when Stephen Weiss and Bryan Allen combined for dos goals in the nation's capital: few more wins, a GAA which has spiraled steadily downward, Nathan Horton taking Cory Stillman's favorite workout bike.
Of course, there was the minor issue of Washington completing that evening with tres times Florida's total...
Just to clarify this early, David Booth was out of the lineup for both contests, while Nathan Horton went pointless.
Anyway, the active-roster guys to lean on going into tonight's game against the Caps:
- Weiss: 2GP - 1G - 1A
- Allen: 2GP - 1G - 1A
- Michael Frolik: 2GP - 1G - 0A
- Dmitry Kulikov: 2GP - 1G - 1A
- Kenndal McArdle: 1GP - 0G - 1A
- Bryan McCabe: 2GP - 0G - 2A
- Dominic Moore: 1GP - 0G - 1A
- Steven Reinprecht: 2GP - 0G - 1A
- Michal Repik: 1GP - 1G - 0A
- Stillman: 1GP - 1G - 0A
Not exactly a Quinnipiac-style sample to work with, but during previous two games in D.C. the Cats had scrambled for six goals, while the home club settled for a mere thirteen.
Goaltender Scott Clemmensen - he's Tomas Vokoun's backup, by the way - started both nights in Washington (here's the first), escaping with an 0-1 record and a 7.52 GAA, leaving him rated just short of Alex Ovechkin in both name recognition and popularity for a spell in the downtown area. And Ovie didn't even play.
Given T-Vo's recent performances, Clemmer's all-around Nice Guy persona has been easy to let slip. As long as someone's minding the store, the customers will be happy.
The Panthers aren't scoring often, but they're allowing very few goals at the same time: who honestly noticed the 6-1-2 record over their past nine?